The Big Sleep Reviews

July 22, 2019
It is a fast-moving drama, knee-deep in corpses, as tough as they come. It is rather'difficult to keep track of who is murdering whom and why, but there is not time to worry about such details with so many bullets flying around.
August 13, 2014
The Big Sleep is the best scripted, best directed, best acted, and least comprehensible film noir ever made.
March 7, 2014
The plot is a bundle of confusions, but who cares? Few films have made cigarettes seem so glamorous. Or had such seductive repartee.
March 7, 2014
The Big Sleep is as fresh and perverse as ever, and remains one of Hollywood's most entrancingly strange bedtime stories.
March 7, 2014
The Big Sleep is wakeful fare for folks who don't care what is going on, or why, so long as the talk is hard and the action harder.
August 30, 2012
The Big Sleep, though, is witty and sinister, and in an odd way is a realistic portrayal of big-city life with Arabian Nights overtones.
December 23, 2010
No screen couple, before or since, had as much chemistry as Bogart and Bacall.
July 18, 2008
Bogart as Marlowe is compelling in this classic thriller that is complex but triumph of atmospheric cool.
July 18, 2008
Brittle Chandler characters have been transferred to the screen with punch by Howard Hawks' production and direction, providing full load of rough, tense action most of the way.
July 18, 2008
What you remember here are moments.
June 24, 2006
This is arguably the high-water mark of Hollywood's love affair with the infinitely slippery possibilities of the English language.
October 3, 2003
The dialogue is hard-boiled and crackles with wit, the plot is fast-paced and nearly impenetrable, and Humphrey Bogart is coolly unflappable in Howard Hawkes’s stylish noir classic.
May 20, 2003
It's likely to leave you confused and dissatisfied.
December 15, 2002
January 22, 2002
Don't try too hard to follow the story, just get swept away by the mood of the film.
January 1, 2000
Fascinating if not necessarily improved edition of Howard Hawks' 1946 detective classic.
January 1, 2000
It is typical of this most puzzling of films that no one agrees even on why it is so puzzling. Yet that has never affected The Big Sleep's enduring popularity, because the movie is about the process of a criminal investigation, not its results.
January 1, 2000
A movie that every film student should study and every movie lover should watch at least once.